The Green Lantern is a well-known, revered member of the band of superheros that procect out planet from all kinds of unspeakable evil in their respective comic books. Now, Green Lantern is gearing up to be seen in an entirely different light.
USA Today reports that DC comics is resurrecting Alan Scott, the man who was the Green Lantern when the comic book series first emerged in the 1940s. Alan Scott will be the new-old superhero in Earth 2, which features a post-apocolyptic world where the titan superheros, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman have been killed. Other superheros must step up and save the world.
James Robinson, the writer and creator of Earth 2 is excited about the character. "What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he's gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him," Robinson says. "And have his humor and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality."
When most of us think of the Green Lantern, we think of Hal Jordan, the ring wealding alter-ego played by Ryan Reynolds in the Green Lantern film that came out last year. Robinson say that though they are both the alter-egos of the Green Lantern, they will be written as two seperate character that may even meet someday down the line.
DC Comics' launch of the new-old character is a huge step, since the Green Lantern is one of the more visible superheros for the brand.
When asked about how he saw Alan Scott, Robinson said, "Alan strikes me as an incredibly open, honest and warm man, a natural leader and absolutely the right choice to be guardian of the Earth. His sexuality is incidental. Every time I draw him I love him even more."
Robinson hopes that by "showing a positive character like Green Lantern, Alan Scott helps in some small, small way to bring down the walls and barriers."